Unilateral versus bilateral ECT in schizophrenia

Doongaji, D. R.; Jeste, D. V.; Saoji, N. J.; Kane, P. V.; Ravindranath, S.
July 1973
British Journal of Psychiatry;Jul73, Vol. 123 Issue 572, p73
Academic Journal
journal article
The article presents a study on the therapeutic efficacy of unilateral electrode placement versus bilateral eletroconvulsive (ECT) therapy in schizophrenia. The study displays the comparative results in schizophrenia of bilaterally administered ECT and of ECT administered unilaterally to either the dominant and the non-dominant hemisphere. The study particularly assesses 54 right-handed schizophrenic patients who were treated after initial randomization with electroconvulsive therapy using three forms of electrode placements such as the bilateral, unilateral dominant, and unilateral non-dominant. Treatment and assessments for efficacy and side effects were also considered. Overall therapeutic results show that all three treatment conditions were almost equally effective.


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